Open (Recreational) Ice Skating


The schedule of Open Skate sessions for the current semester can be downloaded (in PDF format) by clicking the the following link: PDF icon Open Skate Schedule - Winter / Spring,  2022

Open Skate sessions are also listed in the SUNY Oswego Events Calendar.

IMPORTANT:  In compliance with the SUNY-wide Child Protection Policy, Children under the age of 17 MUST be accompanied by a PARENT or ADULT GUARDIAN (18 years or older) at ALL times while on campus to attend this program.

NEW:  Starting December 28th, the general public will again be allowed to participated in all Open Skating sessions.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL THOSE IN ATTENDANCE. 


This is a recreational ice skating program for SUNY Oswego Students, Faculty and Staff of all skill levels.  Rental skates are available.  College IDs will be verified.  No guests are allowed at this time.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.

FEES:  $1 Admission, $3 Skate Rentals

Rental Skates

The SUNY Oswego Skate Shop has a large inventory of quality FIGURE and HOCKEY style rental skates which are available for use by Open Skate participants.  Rental skates are available in whole sizes only, from 10 Youth to 14 Adult.       

The Skate Shop uses a proprietary barcode scanning system to track usage and maintenance for each pair of rental skates in its inventory.  This helps insure the rental skates are insepcted and sharpened at regular intervals, and customers continue to have a good experience when using these skates.  

NOTE: Because the inside of ice skate boots can cause irritation when rubbing on bare skin, it's highly recommended that participants wear socks that are "crew" length or longer.

Rules & Liability

To help promote a positive and safe environment during Open Skate sessions and other group ice skating activities, Skate Shop personnel and activity coordinators diligently enforce rules of behavior for all participants.   Those who appear unwilling or unable to comply with these rules will be required to leave the ice for the remainder of the skating session.  Participants who have concerns about the behavior of other skaters should contact a Skate Shop staff member or activity coordinator without delay. 

A complete list of the rules for Open Skating at SUNY Oswego is is available by clicking the the following link:PDF icon Open Skate Guidelines (REV 10/28/2016)

Participants in ice skating activities which take place at SUNY Oswego's Deborah F. Stanley Arena and Convocation Hall acknowledge that skating is a potentially hazardous activity that presents an inherent risk of serious personal injury. 

Skaters participate at their own risk, and agree to accept responsibility for their own health & safety while at the facility. 

Participants who become injured or need assistance during an ice skating activity should seek help from an on-ice Skate Guard, Skate Shop Attendant or an activity coordinator.

Beginner Skating Aids

To assist inexperienced skaters, the Skate Shop has a limited number of beginner skating aids (a.k.a. "walkers" or "pushers"), which are available to Open Skate participants. 

          •  There is no fee for the use of a skating aid.
          •  Only one person can use a skating aid at a time.  
          •  Users of skating aid should be cautious to avoid interfering with or running into other skaters. 
          •  Skating aid should only be used by beginner skaters.